ERIC Number: EJ1048841
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Under Which Conditions Do Early Adolescents Need Maternal Support?
Vandevivere, Eva; Braet, Caroline; Bosmans, Guy
Journal of Early Adolescence, v35 n2 p162-169 Feb 2015
Maternal support is known as a protective factor during infancy, childhood, and adolescence. However, less is known about the conditions leading to support-seeking behaviors toward mothers in early adolescence. In comparison with younger children, it is assumed that the specific nature of these conditions changes with continuing cognitive maturation. To shed light on the normative development of attachment-related behaviors beyond infancy and, more specifically, on the activating conditions for support seeking, 98 early adolescents were instructed to write about a distressing situation during which they needed their mother's support. Seven distressing conditions could be derived from the current data. Two not previously described age-relevant conditions, academic failure and social conflict, were identified. Notably, 62% of the reported conditions referred to situations Bowlby (1969/1982) originally proposed, empirically confirming the importance of these conditions in early adolescence.
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Mothers, Parent Role, Help Seeking, Parent Child Relationship, Attachment Behavior, Personal Narratives, Adolescent Attitudes, Critical Incidents Method, Predictor Variables, Performance Factors, Grade 5, Grade 6, Academic Failure, Conflict, Social Influences, Social Support Groups, Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Grade 6
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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